Monaco’s star striker Radamel Falcao is expected to make a return from injury as soon as next week, aiming to participate in the Emirates Cup, held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, according to Yahoo Sports.
The Colombian international missed the majority of the second half of last season after rupturing ligaments in his knee in January, forcing him to miss the World Cup in Brazil, instead spending the tournament on the side lines cheering his teammates on as they reached the quarter finals.
Monaco participate in the pre-season friendly tournament hosted at the Emirates Arena, facing Valencia before moving on to face either Benfica or Arsenal in the final. The tournament takes place this weekend, only a week before the start of Ligue 1. Falcao is now in the final stages of his recovery and is expected to feature at the tournament, after over six months out injured.
The 28-year-old moved to Monaco from Atletico Madrid last summer for €60million in one of the most highly anticipated transfers of the summer. During his injury plagued first season, the Colombian still managed to contribute nine league goals.
Falcao to Madrid?
The star striker had been linked with a move away from Monaco earlier in the summer, with Real Madrid stating that they were interested in trying to sign the Colombian. After his international co-star and former teammate James Rodriguez moved to the Spanish giants last week, the 28-year-could be interested in linking up with Rodriguez again, but would struggle to break into the team that already has such an intimidating strike force.
However, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim expects the striker to still be at the club come the start of next season, which kicks off on August 10 against Lorient.
Monaco fans will be hoping that they will get the opportunity to see more of Falcao than they did last season and that he can inspire the team to try and match last season’s second place finish, with the intentions of trying to go one place better and dethrone the reigning champions PSG.
If the Colombian can make an effective comeback and reproduce the form that saw him become a legendary player at both Porto and Atletico, it may not be beyond Monaco to push PSG further than they did last year. Falcao scored 72 goals in 87 games for Porto in two seasons, then scored 70 in 91 for Atletico.
The two time Europa League winner will be aiming to justify his large transfer fee, and if he reaches full fitness going into the start of the season, Monaco could be one of the most exciting teams to watch next season.